An Even Better AAdvantage Award to Africa

LAX-DFW on American, DFW-DOH-JNB on Qatar Airways, JNB-PLZ on British Airways/Comair

Last week, Seth at the Wandering Aramean posted "A better AAdvantage award to Africa," where he discussed getting around American's award routing rule restriction to Africa by using Qatar Airways. American Airlines usually only allows travelers to transit Europe on the way to Africa, which … [Read more...]

AirCare Is No Better than an Extended Warranty


Wandering Aramean may have beat me to it, but Thursday's "Middle Seat" column in The Wall Street Journal has been sitting on my table reminding me to talk about AirCare travel insurance, a new business backed by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway. On the surface it sounds enticing: Pay $25 … [Read more...]

The Best Airports in Europe for 23-Hour Layovers

amsterdam - free

A little-known trick to maximize the value of your airfare is to take advantage of layovers. A layover on an international ticket is any stop up to 24 hours. Anything longer than that is considered a stopover and often subject to higher prices. I’ve taken 23-hour layovers at over 20 … [Read more...]

Use British Airways Avios on SriLankan Airlines

SriLankan Airlines route map (via

Yesterday, SriLankan Airlines joined the oneworld alliance, becoming the first airline from the Indian subcontinent to join a major alliance (there are reports Air India may join Star Alliance, but that saga has been going on and on like an unedited Bollywood movie).  That means you can … [Read more...]

New Delta Sky Club Guest Fee for Alaska Board Room Members

New Delta Alaska lounge policy

Last month I wrote about reciprocal lounge access policies for people flying on Alaska Airlines or who have an Alaska Airlines Board Room membership. I mentioned that Board Room membership is a cost effective alternative to purchasing a membership with Delta Sky Clubs even if you never fly … [Read more...]

How Credit Cards Affect the Cost of a Free Night

Award Cost - Status vs Card

During an on-going analysis of hotel loyalty programs, I decided to take a look at the credit card bonuses each offered. There is an opportunity cost when you use a co-branded card rather than some other credit card. For example, you may give up 2.14 Ultimate Rewards points you could have … [Read more...]